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Men’s Opioid Rehab

What are opiates?

Opiates (or opioids) are a series of drugs related to or derived from opium and are available with prescriptions to treat acute and chronic pain.  Opiates that are not taken as prescribed may produce an effect that an individual craves and seeks.

What impacts do opiates have?

The use of substances can impact the way in which the brain functions and the release of and re-uptake of specific neurotransmitters responsible for good mental health.  The use of opiates can also increase the symptoms of a mental health concern.   Opiates carry a moderate to high risk of physical dependence, along with a significant risk of overdose causing death.

Medications classified as opiates are codeine, fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone, and diacetylmorphine and are primarily used to treat pain.  These medications are effective in significantly reducing pain, but come with the risk of physical dependence, abuse, and addiction.  A significant risk factor in overuse is a result of the “high” experienced during use, a feeling of heightened feeling of well-being or euphoria.  Opiates are also available in other forms, such as heroin.

Opiates change the brain’s perception of pain by attaching to opioid receptors throughout the nervous system.  They come in fast-acting forms, having an effect that lasts 3 – 6 hours, as well as slow-acting variations which can be taken just twice a day to sustain the effects. Long-term use (such as for chronic pain) can lead to a physical dependence that requires medical supervision for reducing and stopping use. In the same way that dependence can occur, the body can also create a tolerance to opiates, which means it requires more in order to have the same effect.

All substances have an impact on one’s physical wellbeing whether it be long-term, or short-term use, during use, or post use. The “high” or feeling of euphoria associated with use is a large factor in the continued and increasing use of opiates, leading to recreational use and possible addiction. A strong and growing desire to return to the euphoric state leads people to continue to seek out opiates.  At the same time, as use continues, more and more of the substance is required to experience the same level of “high”.  This drives a person’s use toward addiction and often interferes with relationships, ability to work and to continue to be engaged in meaningful experiences.

What are the opiates withdrawal risks?

Withdrawal from any substance should be done in consultation with your family doctor or medical professionals.  Clients looking to enter an inpatient treatment facility may require medical intervention to ensure safety. The symptoms of opioid withdrawal may develop within minutes or up to several days following reduction or stopping.  Symptoms can include drug cravings, extreme anxiety, nausea or vomiting, muscle aches, a runny nose, sneezing, diarrhea, and fever. Suboxone and Methadone are prescribed medication that can assist in cases where a physical dependence has developed and are useful for stabilizing recovery.

Overdose is a serious risk, and related deaths have been on the rise in Canada and around the world.


How We Treat Opioid Addiction

Canadian Health Recovery Centre (CHRC) challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario. We provide cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), as well as psycho-educational counselling to help our clients understand why they use substances, and how to develop out of those patterns and behaviours. At CHRC, we understand that counselling alone cannot treat addiction and that nutritional therapies and support are needed to aid in the healing of one’s physical and mental state.

On a neurochemical level, our Nutrition in Recovery program offers clients the building blocks needed to rebalance their systems in a way not offered by any other treatment centres in Ontario and throughout Canada.  Our holistic treatment model recognizes the person as a biological, psychological, social, and spiritual being.  We recognize that opiate use and addiction may have interfered with the health and development of one or more of these areas, and we address each through our comprehensive program.   As we work alongside those dealing with addiction issues, we also recognize that families have been affected as well, and so we also provide support and learning for all who have been affected by opiate addiction.


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